Friday, 22 May 2015

LIFESTYLE: Dozo, Soho

Since I started working in Tottenham Court Road, I often spend my lunch break on sunny days wandering around down into all the back streets of soho. Old crompon street is one I always go back to because it is full off all sorts of weird and wonderful places, especially some super yummy looking japanese resturants. Andrew and I were invited to dinner at Dozo and it was absolutely delicious. 
We arrived early but as we were leaving, it was buzzing with a que winding down the street. I was very excited with the authentic japnese style seating although Andrew wasnt best pleased when I made him sit on the floor style seats with me to add to the expereince. 

The waiters were great when we tried to read out all the dishes with weird names and said them all wrong, they knew exactly what we were talking about and they were fast and efficient, I always appreciated a good waiter. Another thing that I always appreciate, and a saying of my mums: if the toilets are kept clean, then it's pretty likley that the kitchens are too so I was very plesed to find spotless and lovely smelling toilets!

Now for the food and drinks, Andrew started with a japanese beer, one of his new favourite things and on the recommendation of a friend, I went for the lemonade and mint which was so delicious and super refreshing on such a hot day!
To start, we ordered all sorts, from Edamame beans to nibble on, gyozas, Rainbow sushi and a couple of Tori Negima which were delicious chicken thighs with a sticky sauce.
Then for mains, I went for a ramen which is something I watch Andrew eat at wagas every time but have never tried myself. It was full of noodles and came with a bowl of tempura veg and prawns. yum. Andrew also went for something new - the Sabashioyaki & Tori Teriyaki bento box which came in a supr cute tray, I've never seen them before haha. He also ordered the Crabmeat Fried Rice which I ended up fighting him over because it was so delicious and we both wanted to eat it all. 
I love being sent on reviews because it pushes me to try as many new things as I can, thats why when the waited offered us Mochi for dessert, I just said sure without being 100% sure what it was. Andrew isn't as adventurous and I had to try it first to convince him it was nice but in the end we decided that we loved the! Especially the fruity ones becuase they were just so tasty. We love mochi
We both really enjoyed every course and will be sure to be visiting again. With such a great loacation we will be back for dinner on a friday night super soon!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

GIVEAWAY: The Body Shop, Smoky Poppy Range


Most of my recent products from The Body Shop have been all about mousturising and exfoliation and I seemed to forget that they also do a whole load of lovely bath and shower shuff as part of each collection!
 
"The Smoky Poppy range is limited edition. It is enriched with real, hand-picked poppy flowers from the Ankara region of Turkey. This sensual and indulgent range is infused with a seductive, euphoric scent that will leave you longing for more."


 The Smoky Poppy collection jumps out at me firstly for its dark packaging with a hit of red.The scent is quite similar being quite dark, musky and sensual. Here I have the shower gel, the body lotion and the bath bombs. The shower gels, as always, with the body shop are a great quality. This one is actually black which is unusual but its thick and lucious and it smells great so that certainly isnt a problem! The bath bombs are little semi-spheres which are super powdery but super cute!
The Body Shop have been super kind and offered me the whole of their Smoky Poppy range to giveaway here on my blog!

That includes:
1x Smoky Poppy Body Butter
1 x Smoky Poppy  Body Scrub
1 x Smoky Poppy Shower Gel
1 x Smoky Poppy  Body Lotion
1 x Smoky Poppy Body Massage Oil
1 x Smoky Poppy  Eau De Toilette
1 x Smoky Poppy Bath Bombs


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

FASHION: #CANTWAITFORSUMMER Outfit With New Look & Clothing At Tesco

I really loved one of the outfits I wore last week so of course it called for a post of its own! You may recognise it from this post - I wore it to the Very #CANTWAITFORSUMMER event a couple of weeks ago. If you've been following my for a while, you might also recognise it from last year as part of a two piece (I wore it here.) I actually much prefer both pieces as separates - I think the bottoms look great with a black crop top and the top better with black jeans otherwise there is too much going on for my liking.

I knew it was going to be a summery event so I loved that this was super summery and bright but still work appropriate! The shoes are a new favourite of mine and they look so pretty. I love the gold detailing, especially the heel - they also have gold rings for tying up the laces.

Top* - F&F
Jeans - Primark
Shoes - New Look

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

LIFESTYLE: Sumo Fresh, Wanstead

Truth be told, I love sushi! I have it for lunch as a treat every now and again and whenever I can get a chance to drag Andrew to yo sushi, I do! Only problem with that is that the closest one is at westfeild and it can be a bit of a trek. 

Sumo Fresh is ten minutes down the road from his but for some reason we had never been before. Charlotte orders from them all the time so we decided to make the trip to Wanstead one day after work for our latest dinner catch up!

Between us, we got pretty over excited and ordered much more then we needed. They have the fun little conveyer belt as well as taking orders like usual. We went for all sorts from sashimi, salmon of course, hosomaki & Futomaki which we both had a hard time pronouncing but got there in the end haha then I had to order my favorite gyozas and tempura and everything else that took our fancy, we ended up taking up most of the space at bar that we were sitting at with different plates. We ordered fruity mocktails and got stuck in!

Wheres Your Favourite Sushi Restuarnt? 

GUEST POST: Fashion By Heather James

This post is written by Heather James - the content manager at http://www.widefitshoes.co.uk/

Fashion throws many options towards us. Every season we have to find the new look, the new colour theme, what shape is the new skirt? Will last season’s handbag cut it now we have gone Native American? Fashion moves at a pace that is tricky to keep up with, especially if you are on a budget and do not have a personal stylist! There is a way to avoid the constant change of fashion and that is to find some stylish , yet classic, inspiration. To go for the classic look often makes us timeless and really very stylish,not to mention that our money goes further as we don’t have to pay out for those new fashions every season. Meet the celebrities that channel real, enduring , classic style and take some hot tips from their wardrobe success. Whatever your shape, size, even your shoe requirements, there’s a style that will fit you perfectly. Read on and be inspired…

Helen Mirren

Now there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about Dame Helen that the camera absolutely loves. Whenever she is photographed on the red carpet, her style exudes classic lines with a very modern twist. If you really must bring age into it, then I would insist that you do not. This is because her style does not belong to any particular age group, she has nailed elegance with a touch of attitude. So, go for that wrap dress but add a diamante brooch to emphasise your small waist or pretty neckline.

Scarlett Johansson

This beautiful and successful actress always manages to pull off a stunning look in public. She has a curvaceous figure but cleverly, instead of losing weight till she becomes Hollywood “thin”, Scarlet celebrates her figure. Almost every publicity shot shows off Scarlett’s ample decolletage. Her outfits are designed to show off her major assets and she celebrates her cleavage, rather than hiding it away. Take a tip from Scarlett. Whatever your size, if you have a part of your body that you like, then embrace it. If you have lovely legs than wear shorter skirts. If your back is beautiful, wear tops that have cut outs or dresses with a low back. Use what you have and be proud of it!

George Clooney

Now here is an example of someone who found what works for him and stuck with it. Remember the last time that you saw a photo of Clooney in a t. shirt or a brightly coloured shirt? How about a pair of jeans? This is no accident but a stylist decision that really works. His salt and pepper hair and tanned complexion works so well with crisp white shirts. His wardrobe is a palette of white, grey and black which completely compliments his natural features. George plays it safe with his colour scheme but doesn’t it look good? Find a palette that highlights your hair and complexion and then embrace it.

Dawn French

Author and comedienne Dawn French knows a thing or two about enhancing your looks with immaculate style. She has been the perfect example of dressing with panache and style for years. Dawn is never seen following the high trends that can get us all into trouble but instead she uses different palettes of colour and fabric to create a flattering and rather beautiful silhouette. Dawn always appears comfortable in her clothes, no need for towering stilettos to make her feel great. Rather, the confidence comes from within instead of wearing clothes that are inappropriate. the next time you are dithering about, wondering what you are going to wear, take a leaf from Ms French and strut your stuff.

By observing what celebrities wear when they are in the public eye, you can cheat and avoid stylist fees. Remember that they do not climb out of bed looking like that and there is a whole team of stylists, hairdressers, as well as make up artists that help them look as good as they do. Follow the theme that they use. Use a flattering palette, experiment with colour, enhance your assets and be comfortable. If you need wide fitting shoes, get them and wear them with a spring in your step. If your waistline is bigger than you would like, show off your decolletage instead. The only true style tip is to wear whatever you have with confidence. that is easily the best way to look and feel good. Remember comfort and confidence - it’s easy.